Gear Plans

I really do not know what to write about here.  Well at least not till I can come up with a story for my next personal project- environmental portraiture, name still forthcoming.  Though that will definitely be posted on my Exposure site.  It is a really difficult thing having writer’s block.  No.  That’s an excuse.  I think it is definitely more like not having the right motivation to write.  My last story that I wrote about was my journey to Vietnam for the month.  And that was in 2016.  There were some ideas of trying to continue In Search of Little Saigon in America.  But after Cafe Diem, I hit nothing but “yes!  Let’s do it.  But that never came to fruitition.  Maybe they were unsure of my presence?  Too busy?  So after so many roadblocks, I decided to put that on hiatus.  I mean I still will make photos of Vietnamese shops, but at this point I am not sure I am going to be able to make a story from them.  At least here in Philadelphia.  

I don’t know if there will be a story to tell with the environmental portrait series either.   

So I guess the topic that I can rely on getting back into writing is... about gear.  Hooray?  It is actually the least favorite, though I do have a running wishlist that I want to buy.  Sooooo...

I am strongly considering buying a new MacBook Pro.  I have the 2017 iMac, and recently purchased a iPad Pro that I am currently typing this on.  I do all my edits on the iMac, cause 27 inches of screen real estate is hard to pass as a photographer.  But my mobile edits, I use LR CC’s profiles where one of their profile edits is close to what I use as my baseline edit- dvlop’s profile presets.  The reason for my thoughts on the MacBook Pro is simply tethering.  I don’t want to lug my 27in iMac around to shoots.  And while I can tether to my iPad, it isn’t reliable.  Nor can I photograph with my camera, since everything is controlled via Bluetooth on the iPad.  So unless I lock down the camera in position, I’m pretty not going to be able to walk around the scene.  Choosing where the camera focuses is also kinda problematic. Plus there is a short and noticeable delay between camera and Bluetooth tethering.  Making it very hard to make it a real reliable tool to tether.  That is actually pretty much the only reason why I want to go the MacBook Pro route.  But those things are $2000 and up.  So I’ll work on this mobile solution for now.  Who knows, maybe the wireless tethering to the iPad will be better.  I like PCs, but I am already in the Apple ecosystem so that’s not a viable solution for me.  

Another Profoto B1.  After my portrait session during #PhillyOver9000, I saw the future  need of having a 2nd B1.  While I do think the A1 is a great compliment to my B1, it is hard to do a main light, with a kicker light, and rim light with two lights.  I thought the two light setup was fine for my food work.  But here is the thing.  I feel like I need to move more towards environmental portraiture so that I can make more money as a photographer.   So having a 2nd B1, would really be pretty beneficial if I were to be serious about that move as a photographer.  I’ll still be shooting food and drinks, but with a stronger skill set with environmental portraiture.  

Aside from assorted light modifiers, I think the last camera gear I will want is a wide angle lens.  I can get away with 35 - 50 - 85 -100 macro, for nearly everything.  That is till I have to shoot in a tight kitchens and spaces.  I’ll probably go for a zoom this time around.  


These are my gear plans.  After all of these items, I don't think I am going to need much else.  Well in terms of computing and camera gear.  Will always need new storage space, but HDDs are always needed.  I did at one point think about  switching camera brands, because the Sony A7R III is such a sweet camera.  But, not worth it just for a 1-2 stop difference in dynamic range.  I did think about the Fuji GFX series, the mirrorless kinda medium format set up.  Which may still happen in the future, but the grand total of that addition would be a cool $16,000.  So.  That's not likely going to happen any time soon.